I want to bring a wire out from behind the sheetrock, in which the
breaker cabinet is recessed. Then I can staple the wire to the outside
of the wall and up along the ceiling, etc. Its in my garage.
Can I just make a hole just above the breaker box, and stick it
ps Its for a 3/4 HP blower motor I'm putting in the basement.
If it comes out of the wall above 6'6 it will usually not be
considered "subject to physical damage" so the problem is mostly
If you want a little more hardened and industrial looking, use MC
Interesting question. I am inclined to say that doing it your way will not
protect it properly. Cable has to installed so it cannot be easily damaged;
through studs, on the side of studs, etc.; never where it is exposed.
You could run some wood along side it, or run it though conduit.
My flush box is on a paneled wall; so I pulled the panel off to do some
wiring. You don't have that luxury.
Well I was considering using 1x1" wood strips to make a channel (the
wires between 2 strips of wood, maybe 2" apart), possibly even covering
it with a thin ply or something, I bet I can get a whole load out of a
4x8 sheet of thin ply.
You see, I want to expand in the future and possibly add some 20 amp
outlets, generator outlets, etc. I saw the expandable enameled metal
boxes, but they are big $$$$$.
In that case the usual remedy is to make a removable drywall panel
above the electric panel. The electric panel should be mounted between
two studs. Cut the drywall down the center of each stud from the
ceiling to the top of the electric panel. Remove the drywall and
install the wiring, replace the drywall panel and cover the cut lines
with molding strips. The next time that you want to install wiring it
will be a breeze. Probably best to turn off the main breaker to the
panel before cutting the drywall since there will be a lot of other
cables behind the drywall above the electric panel.
If the wire goes to the ceiling, drill a half inch hole in the wall at
ceiling level (abive the box). Feed wire behind sheetrock to box.
Remove a small piece of drywall above box to install wire into box.
This way the wire is behind the wall until it gets to the ceiling.
You could even encase it in steel or pvc conduit on the ceiling for
protection. Just shove the romex into the pipe.
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